Saturday, August 31, 2019

Oh what a night

Today's results:

The Mystics outlasted the Wings, 91-85. Elena Delle Donne had 26 points for Washington and rookie Arike Ogunbowale, 30 for Dallas.

The Aces held off the Sparks, 92-86, behind a huge fourth quarter performance from Kelsey Plum, who finished with 20 points. Riquna Williams scored 37 for LA.

The win puts Las Vegas a half game ahead of the Sparks, and into third place, behind Washington and Connecticut.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Mercury at Sky

Fever at Lynx

Dream at Storm

WNBA team news:

The rise of the rookies is a good sign for the Liberty.

WNBA player news:

How Sky coach James Wade has helped Gabby Williams become more confident.

NCAA news:

The NCAA has moved a step closer to a 16-team Sweet 16 in Las Vegas.

College player news:

Oregon forward Nyara Sabally has re-torn her ACL.

Illinois sophomore Arieal Scott is stepping away for health and wellness reasons.

College coach news:

Bradley has extended coach Andrea Gorski's contract through 2023-2024.

Keisha McClinic has been promoted to associate head coach at East Tennessee State.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Big showings and a set playoff field

Today's results:

Narrow but significant win for the Sparks, as they slipped past the Fever, 87-83. Chelsea Gray led the way for LA with a career-high 30 points including 20 in the third quarter - 18 of which were made on three-point shots. Indiana rookie Teaira McCowan had another huge game with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

The Mercury's 65-58 win over the Dream vaulted them into the playoffs, taking the last spot.

The Wings topped the Sky, 88-83, on the back of rookie Arike Ogunbowale's 35 points, which tied her career high. Ogunbowale eclipsed 500 points, and Chicago saw their second straight loss.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Sun at Liberty

WNBA team news:

The Sky don't have answers for their disappointing loss to the Wings.

The Mystics are a freight train, and numbers suggest they're headed for a title.

"Run it back" means nothing if Washington doesn't win a title, and they know it.

Their potent offense is built around three-pointers.

The Liberty have found multiple ways to assist off-court.

What's at stake heading into the final week of the regular season.

WNBA player news:

Jonquel Jones: the board woman gets paid.

Is Leilani Mitchell now a lock for most improved player?

Elena Delle Donne is the masked avenger.

Kahleah Copper paid tribute to her breast cancer survivor mother.

Arike Ogunbowale is supporting her brother in his NFL bid the way he has supported her.

No milestone is too much for Teaira McCowan.

Kayla Alexander has written and illustrated a children's book.

Bridget Carleton has been signed by Minnesota for the rest of the season.

Dallas has signed Karlie Samuelson.

Azura' Stevens had successful foot surgery and is out for six months.

College team news:

Louisville is waiting for news from the NCAA on two transfers.

Ohio State is young but talented.

College player news:

UConn's rehabbing Crystal Dangerfield and Evina Westbrook have found time to bond.

College coach news:

Grambling State has extended coach Freddie Murray's contract through June 2021.

Nikki Newman and Steven Rhodes have joined Radford as assistant coaches.

WNPBA assembles all-star Board of Advocates

NEW YORK, NY, AUGUST, 29, 2019 –– The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) is pleased to announce that it has formed its own Board of Advocates featuring a diverse group of paradigm-shifters and glass-ceiling breakers in business, politics, entertainment, media, and sport. Union leadership, specifically the WNBPA Executive Committee, identified each Board member to share their guidance and unique perspectives in support of the WNBPA’s efforts to create meaningful changes in the working conditions of the world-class athletes who play in the WNBA.

The WNBPA is honored to have the following industry leaders serve on its Board of Advocates:

The Honorable Stacey Abrams
Founder, Fair Fight and former Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives

Adrienne Becker
Co-Founder/CEO, Level Forward

David Cooper
Adjunct Professor, NYU Preston Robert Tisch Global Institute of Sport

Alex English
Retired NBA Player and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

Sarah Flynn
General Manager, Thirty Five Ventures

Sunny Hostin
Emmy-nominated co-host of The View and the Emmy-winning Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News

Kathy Ireland
Chair, CEO & Chief Designer, kathy ireland® Worldwide

Sharlee Jeter
President, Turn 2 Foundation, Inc. and VP of Strategy & Development, Jeter Ventures

The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Former Mayor of Baltimore

Joyce Roche
Former President & CEO, Girls, Inc

Jerry Stackhouse
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball Head Coach and retired NBA All-Star

Trisch Smith
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer/EVP, Edelman PR

Tamika Tremaglio
Greater Washington Managing Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services

Brent Zachary
Program Manager, Level Forward

Link to release

Saturday, August 17, 2019

It's all or nothing season

No games today, but five tomorrow (again):

Wings at Sun

Fever at Mystics

Aces at Sky

Liberty at Mercury

Lynx at Storm

Plenty of news poppin' in the meantime.......

WNBA team news:

Washington is notching big series wins en route to the playoffs.

The Mystics shook off the injury bug and are playoff-bound.

The Sky is feeling the effect of Jantel Lavender's absence.

A familiar problem arose in the Liberty's latest loss.

WNBA player news:

Sue Bird doesn't want to admit it, but she's not likely to return this year.

This week's practices could make or break Diana Taurasi's return.

A'ja Wilson will return to the Aces lineup tomorrow.

Las Vegas rookie Jackie Young is flashing her All-Star potential.

Sky forward Astou Ndour continues to step up in Jantel Lavender's absence.

Allisha Gray's 1,000-point milestone last night shows how different her rookie campaign was from Arike Ogunbowale's.

The rise of Rebecca Allen.

Natasha Cloud became the Mystics' all-time assists leader last night.

Seimone Augustus and others talk about purpose.

Blake Dietrick's return provides the Storm with bench depth.

WNBA coach news:

Cancer awareness night at Mohegan Sun Arena hit home for Storm coach Dan Hughes.

College coach news:

Siena coach Ali Jaques is cancer free and will marry soon.

Whether it's basketball or trivia, Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger is focused on competition.

The belief system of North Carolina assistant coach Carrie Moore powers her career.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Full game slate on tap tomorrow

No games today means five games tomorrow:

Storm at Sun

Sparks at Sky

Liberty at Wings

Mystics at Lynx

Dream at Mercury

WNBA team news:

The Sparks are eyeing improvement after Dallas snapped their five-game winning streak.

Liberty owner Joe Tsai is buying the Brooklyn Nets, and will take control of the Barclays Center. Does this mean the Liberty will have a new home?

Navigating Sky lineups without Jantel Lavender.

WNBA player news:

Jasmine Thomas discusses what the Sun must do for first place in the East.

The Mystics' two Belgian players defied the odds.

Aerial Powers is making the trade that brought her to DC look good.

A return to the point guard position has boosted Odyssey Sims' production for the Lynx.

Theresa Plaisance bid an emotional farewell to Dallas, nearly a week after she was traded.

Teaira McCowan is thriving in her rookie season.

How Arike Ogunbowale's 35-point outing cements her ROY case.


One-on-one with new commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

College team news:

Uncovering the mentally abusive culture at UC Riverside.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley podcast.

Previous evaluations of former Ohio State coach Patrick Klein hinted at no trouble before his resignation.

Afrobasket news:

Nigeria has qualified for the semifinals.

Natosha Cummings is Africa's first woman to coach a women's national basketball team.

CBA talks progressing smoothly, players union says


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Every game counts in large amounts

Today's results:

The Lynx handled the Liberty, 89-73.

The Aces held off the Dream, 94-90.

The Aces need just two wins to secure a playoff spot

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Storm at Mystics

Sparks at Wings

Sun at Mercury

WNBA team news:

The league's power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Griner disagrees with her suspension length.

Griner's grievances raise some concerns about the league.

Griner purchased a block of 300 tickets for fans, for tomorrow's Mercury home game vs. Connecticut.

Jantel Lavender will have surgery to repair a broken foot incurred in Friday's game.

Sami Whitcomb soared when Jewell Loyd was on the bench.

How Glory Johnson balances life as a globetrotting mom.

Players feel like they're "finally getting somewhere."

WNBA coach news:

Dan Hughes is ready for an emotional game Sunday.


Mo'ne discusses her relationship with basketball.

Player suspensions for Saturday altercation announced

From the league a short time ago:

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2019 – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner and Dallas Wings forwards Kristine Anigwe and Kayla Thornton have been suspended for their involvement in an altercation during Saturday’s game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, it was announced today by Bethany Donaphin, Head of WNBA League Operations. The incident occurred with 6:25 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Wings’ 80-77 victory over the Mercury.

Griner received a three-game suspension for throwing punches, escalating the incident, and pushing Thornton’s face with an open hand.

Anigwe was suspended for two games for instigating the initial altercation and for taking an open-handed swing at Griner. Thornton also received a two-game suspension for her role in escalating the altercation.

Griner will begin serving her suspension on Wednesday (Aug. 14) when Phoenix hosts the Connecticut Sun. Anigwe will begin serving her suspension on Wednesday (Aug. 14) when Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Sparks. Thornton will serve her suspension starting on Wednesday (Aug. 14).

As part of the same incident, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi and Dallas forward Kaela Davis will be suspended one game plus a $500 fine for leaving the bench area during the altercation and directly engaging with the opposing team. Taurasi is currently injured and will serve her suspension during the first game after she is medically cleared to play. Davis will not serve her suspension until Sunday (August 18) when Dallas visits Connecticut due to existing injuries to Tayler Hill and Azura Stevens and the rule requiring teams to have a minimum of eight players dressed for all games. Additionally, Phoenix forward DeWanna Bonner was fined $500 for escalating the incident.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A merciful pause

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Lynx at Liberty

Three things to watch as the Aces host the Dream.

WNBA team news:

With suspensions looming, the Wings will accept any punishment and move on.

How Seattle's defense continues to lead it to wins.

The Fever are still riding the wave of Erica Wheeler's All-Star game performance.

The Liberty praised Barclays Center and Brooklyn in their return yesterday.

CBS Sports power rankings for the week.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Griner says the league's response to Saturday night's incident could determine her future in the league. Plenty of candid talk in this fascinating piece.

Alysha Clark is raising money for Seattle Children's Hospital's dialysis unit.

Sky forward Jantel Lavender's return is still unknown.

Jackie Young's understated rookie season.

Low pay is still a sore point for many players.

Elena Delle Donne and Nneka Ogwumike are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week.

WNBA bonus:

Swin Cash is confident the WNBA can continue to grow in popularity.

College player news:

Baylor has dismissed sophomore guard Honesty Scott-Grayson for violating team rules.

College coach news:

North Carolina A&T coach Tarell Robinson has signed a one-year contract extension.

Central Michigan has hired Mark Simons as an assistant coach.

Why Niele Ivey is leaving for the NBA.

College bonus:

For the first time, the University of Idaho has a female athletic director.

USA Basketball news:

The 1996 U.S. Olympic team, Anne Donovan and Lisa Leslie are all finalists for the USA Basketball and Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019.

Force 10 has become the first two-time champions of USA Basketball's 3X3 qualifiers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Separating the women from the girls

Today's result:

The Sky came from behind to beat the Liberty, 101-92, for their fifth win out of the last six games.

New York, Dallas and Atlanta each have a real hard time closing out games

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Fever at Mystics

Mercury at Sparks

Wings at Storm

WNBA team news:

The time is now for the Mystics.

The league's own power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Candace Parker and the Sparks will honor Pat Summitt at tomorrow night's game.

When will Skylar Diggins-Smith return to basketball? What she has been up to this season.

Match my fly: Shenise Johnson.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is motivated to be the best for Washington.

Sophie Cunningham discusses her new life as a pro.

WNBA coach news:

Liberty coach Katie Smith says her team's nemesis is turnovers.


More on navigating the league's stats page.

College conference news:

The Pac-12 2019-2020 schedule is out.

College team news:

As Iowa exits the Megan Gustafson era, coaches believe their Europe trip will ease the transition.

College player news:

Baylor's Lauren Cox is practicing without a knee brace after her title game injury.

Makenzie Meyer is taking a leadership role for Iowa heading into the season.

Jasmine Hale has left Wisconsin.

College coach news:

New Syracuse assistant coach Delisha Milton-Jones took a step back to advance her career.

Pauline Love is Arkansas' new director of recruiting.

USA Basketball and international news:

The USA beat the Virgin Islands in round two of the Pan American Games, 103-55.

Argentina was eliminated from the Games for having the wrong-colored uniforms.

Great Britain is targeting the 2020 Olympic Games, which could be a game-changer.

Morale is down as Kenya's trip to Afrobasket is uncertain.

Senegal's rising star is winning big at camp.

High school news:

How Azzi Fudd's mother has lit her road to recovery.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Streak snapping, trades and other items

Today's result:

The Lynx roared back to defeat the Dream, 85-69, and end a four-game losing streak.

Tomorrow's game schedule:

Liberty at Sky

WNBA team news:

The Sun traded Kristine Anigwe to the Wings for Theresa Plaisance.

The Mercury have signed Asia Taylor.

Keys to the Liberty's playoff push, as per Amanda Zahui B.

CBS Sports power rankings.

WNBA player news:

Jordin Canada talks about the Storm, the season, and her new outlook.

Seimone Augustus is ready to lead by example again.

Augustus returned to action tonight and moved into tenth place on the WNBA all-time scoring list.

Rookie Arike Ogunbowale remains confident despite the Wings' losing record.

College team news:

Baylor and Lauren Cox are back for more after last year's Championship win.

The departure of Megan Gustafson sends Iowa back to a four-out attack.

College player news:

Oregon forward Satou Sabally will miss the team's first three games this season to play with the German National Team.

UConn's Crystal Dangerfield is recovering quietly this summer.

San Diego State's Monique Terry lost her cousin in the El Paso shooting over the weekend.

College coach news:

Muffet McGraw podcast.

UCLA coach Cori Close and one of her incoming players bonded over competition at the FIBA games.

North Dakota State's new coach Jory Collins says the team is progressing.

International news:

A trip to Tokyo would be worth everything to Katherine and Michelle Plouffe.

Kenya has their eye on an Olympic ticket ahead of the AfroBasket championship.